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RATINGS: 242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
This Beer is my regular Fred, aged for over a year in Kentucky bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syzzer (628) - Oregon, USA - FEB 2, 2014
From 12oz bottle. Little carbonation. A bit syrupy. Smooth, very distinct bourbon barrel flavor. Finish is of alcohol and ripe plum.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brentv (569) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2016 Bottle pour. Murky orange brown. No head. No lacing. Big aroma of bourbon and caramel and oak. Flavor the same - very sweet, and very complex. Lots to love here. No carbonation at all. Medium mouthfeel. I have loved everything I have had at the brewery but the bottles are nearly or completely flat. This beer has such an excellent flavor, but it needs some carbonation. Update: I tried the second of the 2013 Bourbon Fred tonight. Still flat. I sure wish HotD could get the carbonation right.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (2244) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Fresh (2013) bottle sampled Jan 2014. From HOTD in Portland

Pours without head into my tulip glass. Pours like dark cloudy unflitered cider. Big boozy aroma: alcohol and wood, vanilla and Christmas bread and caramel corn. The alcohol is forward in the flavor as well. Rich sweet brown sugars drizzled over baked apples. Golden grahams. Maple sugar. Tobacco later, pine, wood, but always coming back to the bourbon. Mouthfeel is full and hot, nearly flat.

I’m glad to have had the chance to try this one, but I’m not blown out of my seat. Holly loves it, but she’s not trying to drink a full bottle. I think I prefer the base beer to this particular instantiation. Still I may be lowballing a bit at 3.7. I think this is an example of a beer that needs a couple of years to settle down. With two more in the cellar, we’ll find out in 2015.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (1730) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Good but a little boozy. The aroma is straight up bourbon and wood. It was a pretty copperish color with no head. Smooth and oily mouthfeel with little to no carbonation. Strong bourbon and caramel flavors. Some sweetness with a lot of complex malts and sugars to follow. Very little hops presence. My only critique is that the bourbon strength took away from the overall character. Still good though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3327) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
Chill bottled offering courtesy tossed by Pantanap. Apple cider notes. Soft apple bourbon. Apple brandy. Sweet toffee. Soft warming booze. Low carb. Flavors meld together nicely. Some lifting involved.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AWISLguy (2086) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle from the source shared at the family Xmas gathering, thanks STEVE! Pours a muddy browish tan with a white head. Aroma has vanilla and sweet malts, with bourbon. And bourbon. Taste is sweet butterscotch, vanilla, bourbon and some caramel. Quite alcoholly. Medium bodied and cloying. Finishes sweetly bourbon-y. Will be interested to try regular Fred and Fred from the Wood after this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VastActiv (4540) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle 12oz at Hair of the Dog, Portland. Colour is murky dark orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Hints of bourbon, sweetness, fruits, wood and malts. Again very soft beer from Hair of the Dog.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
devman171 (1222) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Pours murky brown, flat. Aroma is sweet bourbon and dark fruits. Taste is strong bourbon and sweet malts with a alcohol bite. I really wish this had some carb!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Aroma of malt, Bourbon, spicy oak, vanilla, caramel, and Bourbon. Poured brown/deep amber in color with a small, tan head around the edges only. Hazy. Not sparkling. Flavor is heavily sweet. Tastes of malt, Bourbon, oak, vanilla, spicy wood, and a hint of alcohol. Medium to full body. Oily, dry texture. Low carbonation. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, spicy wood finish is heavily sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2762) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
A: Light Brown Hue, Passes Some Light, Extremely Thin Head Ring, No Lacing S: Bourbon, Caramel, Toffee, Brown Sugar T: Bourbon, Brown Sugar, Toffee M: Poor Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Boozy Overall, the bourbon really takes over and makes this beer better...too bad they did zero for carbonation for it.

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